1. Creating a healthy start for children
2. Empowering parents and caregivers
3. Providing healthy food in schools
4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
5. Increasing physical activity
On March 20, 2009 with students from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School and First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War II. Today, the garden is planted and harvested by Mrs. Obama, White House Staff, the National Park Service and students of many area Elementary schools.
Last year Let’s Move! along with Epicurious held a recipe contest for kids called the Healthy Lifetime Challenge. Fifty four healthy, creative and tasty recipes were chosen and the winners attended the Kids State Dinner at the White House with the First Lady. I looked through the cookbook of the winning recipes and knew right away I wanted to try many of these healthy recipes with my son. The first recipe we tried was Black Bean and Avocado Burritos with Pineapple Salsa. It was delicious and the whole family approved! With everyone’s involvement, including having garden’s in schools, teaching healthy habits at home and with regular physical activity, Let’s Move! will create a healthy future for our children.
My son and I had a fun morning in the kitchen together making these recipes.
Ella, Age 8, New Hampshire, Epicurious Lunchtime Challenge
Makes 4 servings
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces ½ red onion, chopped
1 ½ red, green, yellow or orange bell peppers sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Handful of cilantro leaves, chopped (We used fresh cilantro from our garden)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
½ tsp packed brown sugar (I used agave nectar)
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ tsp ground cumin (added, not in original recipe)
4 Whole Wheat Tortillas
½ cup graded cheese of choice (Optional)
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Make the Pineapple Salsa:
1. In a food processor, combine the pineapple, red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and cilantro. Pulse until chunky then transfer to bowl. (Or finely chop ingredients by hand)
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, brown sugar and salt. Drizzle the lime-juice mixture over the
salsa and stir to combine.
Make the Burrito:
1. In a small saucepan over moderate heat, warm the olive oil. Add the beans and cook, mashing gently with a wooden spoon. Add ½ tsp ground cumin and salt to taste. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
2. Warm the tortillas in the oven and place on individual plates. venly divide the beans among the tortillas, then top each with cheese if using. Divide the avocado slices among burritos and top with pineapple salsa. Tightly roll each tortilla around its filling from bottom to top, overlapping one end, burrito style. Serve with the Pineapple Salsa and additional cilantro, if
We also made my favorite recipe for Spanish Rice to serve on the side. Here is the recipe:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper (any color), seeded and chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 ½ cups water
¾ tsp chili powder
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 – 8oz can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a nonstick skilled over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Cook onion and uncooked rice in the oil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the bell pepper, water, chili powder, garlic, tomato sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and cook about 25 minutes or until rice is tender and tomato sauce is absorbed.
Below are the photos of this delicious meal!
I will be trying many of the recipes from the Healthy Lifetime Challenge and will be sharing them with you. You can find more about Let’s Move! at www.letsmove.gov.
Make It Healthy and Make It Fun!